Forever the last man standing

PATRICK Seboko, "Motswana tota", was a consummate actor who often delighted his audience while suffering in silence.

PATRICK Seboko, "Motswana tota", was a consummate actor who often delighted his audience while suffering in silence.

He was a natural mimic who brandished his sense of humour as a weapon against misery. He was friendly, gregarious, fearless and a passionate photographer.

He counted politicians, actors, celebrities and business people among his friends.

Patrick Mere Seboko, 56, of 22 Muizenberg, Witpoortjie, was born in 1954 in Rockville, Soweto, the sixth child of Maggie and Basekise Seboko.

He matriculated at Sekano Ntoane High School.

He was featured in a famous 1976 news picture chasing a hated teacher. He was also active in the underground network that helped the 1976 crowd escape the security branch.

He studied drama and featured in films such as Mopheme and Moruti wa di Konyana.

He changed careers and studied photography and was employed by the Post newspaper.

When the paper was threatened with closure by the apartheid government, he left to join Randfontein Gold Mines.

He also worked at Putco before joining Sowetan as a photographer.

Over the years he rose to be the deputy picture editor, a post he held until his death.

He married Dorcas Dementi in February 2005.

He leaves his wife, four children, mother, brother Job and three sisters.

The funeral service will held tomorrow at 8am at Culembeeck Primary Hall, Witpoortjie.

The cortège will proceed to Sterkfontein Cemetery, Krugersdorp, at 10am.

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